teers restored the building using its original 130-year-old wood. The museum has a changing and expanding collection of photographs, maps, documents and exhibits that depict the lives of Indian Valley’s pioneer families.
history at the museums Chester-Lake Almanor Museum - 210 First Ave., Chester, (530) 258-2742. Open Monday through Friday, call for hours. Free admission. Features a photographic history of the Lake Almanor Basin, including dairy farming, logging and tourism. Also includes Maidu Indian basketry and artifacts. A compact, century-old steam locomotive known as the “Dinky” is also on display on the Collins Pine Co. lawn along Main Street. The “Dinky” was recently discovered at the bottom of nearby Butt Valley Reservoir during repairs to the dam. It was used to help build the dam around 1913. Collins Pine Museum - 500 Main St., Chester, east of Collins Pine Co. offices. (530) 258-4441. www.collinsco.com/museum. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday from mid-May to mid-October. Free admission. The museum building, completed in 2007, was constructed to look like the old sawmill building operated by Collins Pine Co. from 1943-2001. The open-beam structure provides an appealing space where different species of wood from the area are featured. Inside are information panels and interactive displays on lumbering, forestry, wood identification, principles of sustainability and the history of Collins Pine. A small theater plays a documentary on sustainable forestry. Outside the building is a short viewing path featuring trucks and equipment used by Collins Pine during the 1940s-1960s. There is also a 400-year-old Sugar Pine cross section with dating going back to 1607.
seum Society Building, on the corner of Main St. and Cemetery Rd., east of Taylorsville, (530) 284-1046. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in October, or by appointment. Donations accepted. The Indian Valley Museum features displays and data relating to the rich traditions of mining, ranching and logging in Indian Valley. One room, dedicated to the native Maidu Indian culture, features a fine collection of Maidu baskets. Other artifacts represent the early settlers of the Indian and Genesee Valleys from 1850s to the present. Don’t miss the dinosaur egg exhibit! Mining equipment is also on display outside the museum, along with a blacksmith shop. A museum annex features larger exhibits including a 1932 fire engine and dairy equipment. An 800-square foot room features a large display of rocks, minerals and mineral carvings. Rocks, minerals and books are also available for sale.
Plumas-Eureka State Park Museum Located five miles west of Graeagle on Johnsville Rd. (A-14 west of Highway 89), (530) 836-2380. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer; open when staff is available during the rest of the year. Free admission. www.plumas-eureka.org This indoor-outdoor museum within Plumas-Eureka State Park preserves the rich heritage of the Feather River Country’s gold mining legacy. Housed in a restored miners’ boarding house, this museum displays mining tools, photographs, pioneer household items, working models of antique mining machinery and antique skis, as well as animals native to the park. The rustic, five-story Mohawk Stamp Mill, which processed raw, gold-bearing quartz, is among the buildings nearby, which include a blacksmith shop, a bunkhouse and a miner’s home. Supervised goldpanning programs are offered in the summertime. Docents in period attire re-create the life of a miner’s family and the period on Gold Discovery Days, held the third week-
Greenville Cy-Hall Memorial Museum
Greenville Cy-Hall Memorial Museum -132 Main St. Greenville. (530) 284-6633. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Donations requested. This circa-1877 former Bransford-McIntyre dry goods warehouse is dedicated to Cy Hall, a Greenville business owner and fire chief for over 50 years. The two-story building, one of just a few that survived Greenville’s numerous fires, features balloon frame construction and board and batten siding. Volun-
Indian Valley Museum - Located at the Mt. Jura Gem & Mu-
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